SPOKANE — Walla Walla Community College came up short in a battle for first place here Friday in NWAC East Region Volleyball action. Spokane, after winning the first set handily 25-16, survived a 30-28 challenge in the second set, and closed out the 3-0 sweep with a 25-14 win in set three.
The win kept the Sasquatch undefeated in East play at 7-0 and dropped the Warriors to second in the East with a 5-2 record.
“Spokane is tough. They are undefeated for a reason,” Warrior caoch Chelsie Speer said. “We had an opportunity in the 2nd set when we were up 24-22, and then had set point five different times. Not finishing that (30-28 loss) took away any chance we had to win (the match).”
The Warriors could not match Spokane in the opener as the Sasquatch rode to a 25-16 win. The Warriors did everything obviously, but finish in the overtime second set. After the 30-28 loss, the Warriors only hit .108 to Spokane’s .306 as the Sasquatch closed out the match with a 25-14 win.
Joelle Mahowald led the Sasquatch to the win with a game-high 17 kills.
For the Warriors, Ocean Bryan posted a team-leading 12 kills and nine Blocks in net play. Abbey Schwager dished up 27 assists to run the Warrior offense. Kacey Halbert led the defenders with 22 digs. Schwager contributed 11 digs to the returners.
The Warriors host Yakima Valley Wednesday.